Unmanned Aerial Systems

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will transform data analytics and operations for many commercial applications.


Creating Opportunities with Unmanned Systems

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership(VEDP) is now collaborating with the City of Covington and the Alleghany Highland Economic Development Corporation (AHEDC) to support Aeronyde's job creation here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Governor's Press Release 


Other Initiatitives

VIP is now collaborating with unmanned aerial systems providers to position Virginia as a leader within Unmanned Aerial System initiatives.

As the growth of the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS, commonly known as "drone") industry continues, a growing number of states, localities, corporations and universities are looking for innovative ways to insert UAS technologies into business operations and curriculums. These conversations are geared to stimulate the economy and prepare the workforce for the new wave of jobs sparked by autonomous technologies.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and autonomous aerial systems will transform data analytics and operations for many commercial applications, including:

  • Crop scouting & plant phenotyping
  • Agriculture & forestry
  • Crop health inspection and analysis
  • Soil inspection and irrigation leak detection
  • Inventory management and yield projections
  • Precision spraying
  • Seeding/reforestation
  • Railroad line inspections
  • Pipeline inspections
  • Powerline tower inspections
  • Windmill inspections
  • Terrain mapping
  • Search & rescue
  • Firefighting & police work
  • Border patrol

Demonstrations provided by: Aerodyne and Boeing

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Unmanned Aerial Systems

Start Date: Ongoing

End Date: Ongoing

Type: VIP

Secretariat of Commerce and Trade, Department of Transportation, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership